CFP: Poetry in Painting

Poetry in Painting:  The Lyrical Voice of Pre-Raphaelite Paintings

An Edited Collection

Sophia Andres

Brian Donnelly

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This interdisciplinary collection of essays seeks to offer new insights into Victorian culture and society through Pre-Raphaelite perspectives captured in the relationship between Pre-Raphaelite paintings and the poems which inspired them.   Authors are invited to choose paintings by Pre-Raphaelite artists and their associates that have been inspired by poems, or poems inspired by Pre-Raphaelite paintings, and discuss the means by which the textual is transfigured into the visual or the visual into the textual.   The goal of this work is primarily, but not exclusively, twofold: (1) to explore the interpretive perspectives on paintings which poems disclose; (2) to examine the Victorian or modern, cultural or sociopolitical, concerns that inform visual and textual relations inspired by Pre-Raphaelite art.

Letters, reviews and journals may be used to convincingly reinforce the connections between poems and paintings.  Through a textual and visual journey, this work should reflect an innovative approach to Pre-Raphaelite art and Victorian poetry.  Of particular interest are paintings and poems which have not hitherto received substantial critical attention.  Since this interdisciplinary work will address both scholarly and general audiences, writers are encouraged to avoid scholarly jargon and lengthy footnotes.

The collection is an international and egalitarian collaboration; we invite scholars of any level or discipline to submit an abstract.

Abstract deadline: December 1, 2013

Please submit an abstract of 300-500 words and a brief CV to

Authors will be notified by February 3, 2014, whether or not their abstract has been accepted.  The deadline for the full length chapter, if accepted, is May 30 2014.  Chapters should be between 4,000-5,000 words in length, accompanied by an abstract of 200 words.

Topics might include (but not limited to) the following:

The Spiritual and the Material

The Past in the Present

Imperial Expansion

Historical Indeterminacy

National Identity


Natural and Supernatural

Rural Industrialization

Fantasies of Utopia

Social Changes

Psychological and Ideological Conflicts

Kaleidoscopic Visions

Music in Poetry and Painting

Rossetti’s Painted Poems

Psychological Drama

Transgressions of Spatial and Temporal Boundaries



The Pre-Raphaelite Shakespeare

The Pre-Raphaelite Dante

Youth and Beauty

Class Conflicts

Shattered Illusions

Romantic Longings

Promiscuous Eroticism

Gender Transgressions

Social Entrapments


Women’s Choices

Vulnerable Domesticity

Moments of Seduction

Dream Visions

Visionary Experiences

Preliminary inquiries are welcome: kindly address them to

Professor Sophia Andres, Kathlyn Cosper Dunagan Professor in Humanities, Department of English, University of Texas of the Permian Basin, Odessa, Texas 79762

Dr.  Brian Donnelly  Department of English,  University of California,  Santa Barbara, CA 93106


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